Troopers want to educate teens, curb traffic deaths

JOHNSTON State troopers are kicking off an educational program called, 'Operation Drive to Live' on Monday.

According to data provided by the NC State Highway Patrol, Johnston County has the highest rate of teen driving deaths in the state.

Across the state,data shows car crashes have killed nearly 700 teenagers in the last four years.

The State Highway Patrol and County Commissioners are joining forces in hopes of ending a dangerous trend.

The most recent death in Johnston County happened just last week. Authorities say Jesse Ferrel was on his way to school when he tried to pass two cars, hit one, and flipped his own. He was ejected and killed in the crash.

The Highway Patrol says in light of Ferell's and a number of other deaths, they are putting on a two week intensive operation in and around schools in the area to help curb the number of crashes and deaths.

They already have educational programs in place in Johnston County schools but just recently admitted they may not be working and said they will go back to the drawing board.

The Johnston County Commissioners safe teen driving task force will present recommendations to the commission Monday morning.

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